Making Personal Coasters


Making something yourself gives you a satisfaction that you just can’t get any other way. Especially when the end result is totally unique fused glass art. Doing something like that with your children creates memories that last a lifetime.

Some time ago my son John and his family were visiting so I decided this was a great opportunity to do just that.

My idea was to have John, his wife Belinda and their children Imogen and Isabella come to our studio and have a bit of fun using scrap glass to design up a coaster each. This way they ended up with a set of fused glass coasters that they would have for life and a memory to share.

To prepare, I cut up 100mm square base plates out of clear Bullseye glass, and then laid out my scrap glass in colour groups. I store scrap glass in colour groups inside disposaable food containers so I just had to set them up on my workbench and away we went.

They were each assigned a base piece and given a safety  warning about working with glass.

The instructions were to simply use their imagination and design anything they desired. I would do any cutting required.

Fused glass coasters made by family members.
Family Coasters – Before Firing

In this photo you can see the result before firing. Top left was Johns design, top right Belindas, bottom left Imogens and next Isabellas.

These were then fired using the firing schedule below. I did crash cool step 3 (opened the kiln door slightly) to get down through the devitrification range as quickly as possible.

Family Coasters - After Firing
Fused glass coasters made by family members.

In the end result you can see that while the designs were simply, the end result is fantastic, and the look on the girls faces when presented with the finished pieces was priceless.

This is a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends and I urge all fusers that if you haven’t done anything like this yet, give it a go. You will love the interaction and the end result really isn’t all that important. Just enjoy the moment.

Firing Schedule

Full Fuse – Coasters

Please be aware that all kilns fire differently and this schedule may not produce the same results in your kiln.

Segment Rate (C/hr) Target (C) Hold (mns)
1. Release 222 537 15
2. Process 333 780 30
3. Anneal Full 516 60
4. Cool 83 371 10

2 thoughts on “Making Personal Coasters”

  1. Hi Glenda
    Yes, two 3 mm layers. One layer wouldn’t have given a very flat result. As you are obviously considering that is important for coasters. The two layers worked reasonably well. The deco fused down without losing too much of the design.
    Hope that helps.

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